TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – As the Mesquite Heat Fire continues to burn in Taylor County, our eyes turn to the weekend. Meteorologists are expecting a change in winds on Saturday, causing more difficult conditions for the wildfire.
Since the start of the fire, the winds have continued to blow from the south/southwest. This pushed the fire further in the northwest direction. A cold front is currently blocked across the begging and is slowly moving towards the Big Country.
While the front will bring some relief from triple-digit temperatures, it will also bring stronger winds.
Behind the front, winds are expected to shift from the northwest. This could completely change the direction of the Mesquite Heat fire spread.
Sustained winds behind the front will be around 15 to 20 miles per hour with gusts of up to 40 miles per hour.
The timing of the front is the most important, as well as the most difficult part of the forecast. Cold fronts are not on cruise control.
The latest weather models show this front moving into the northern parts of the Big Country at dawn. If the front continues at this rate, it will place the front around the I-20 corridor mid to late morning.
KTAB/KRBC will continue to monitor weather and fire conditions and update the public as new information becomes available.